Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slaley Show Is Set to Mark Its 154th Year; Slaley Show Is Set to Mark Its 154th Event. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has All the Details for the August 10 Event

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slaley Show Is Set to Mark Its 154th Year; Slaley Show Is Set to Mark Its 154th Event. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has All the Details for the August 10 Event

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Byline: GORDONBARR

IN defiance of the bad weather warnings last year the Slaley Show committee went ahead and staged the 153rd show in spite of the predicted hail and brimstone conditions.

This plucky little show attracted an estimated 4,000 visitors, at least 1,000 more than the last two years and mirroring the numbers from the 'legendary' 2009 show which celebrated the 150th anniversary.

In financial terms, rather than breaking even as in previous years, the show actually made a profit of over PS3,000 securing this year's event (staging costs average PS16,000) and the confidence to book not one but two headline main arena acts - the Birds of Prey Display featuring eagles and vultures and Galloping Acrobatics , a gymnastic, acrobatic and equestrian sill presentation. Chairman of the volunteers committee, Jim Bailey, is delighted by the summer weather so far: "This glorious summer weather shows no sign of abating but we must still keep our fingers crossed for fine weather on the day, although we'll welcome a couple of showers the week before so the ground isn't baked so hard that we can't get the fixtures and fittings in place.

This year's show will see its usual industrial, horticultural, floral, vegetable and ferret classes inside the traditional marquees and the sheep, horse & pony and dog classes outside, enabling the public to witness the judging process themselves.

Terrier, or indeed any willing dog, racing will also take place in the main ring in the afternoon. Ferret racing will be on display outside the ferret tent intermittently throughout the afternoon and an alpaca display will allow visitors to understand the appeal of these delightful animals and feel the softness of the fibres they produce.

New attractions include the addition of a 'food hall' with spaces taken by Northumberland Sausage Company from Wark, Trotters Family Bakers from Seahouses, Dilleys of Hexham, The Moody Baker from Barnard Castle, Kenspeckle Northumbrian Confectionary from Lynemouth, Northumberland Cheese Company from Blagdon, Deli at 4 from Hexham, Bin 21 from Morpeth, Wheelbirks from Stocksfield and The Mad Jam Woman from Amble. …

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